In the history of the Great Tradition of humankind, every “religious” tradition (whether exoteric or esoteric) has originated with a living “source-individual” of some significant development in the context of the first six stages of life.

Traditionally, what follows from the lifetime and the communicated (or,  otherwise, supposed) instruction of the “source-individual” are tradition prescribed icons (or “tribal” symbologies) and social-ego-supporting cultural “programs”.

Those who follow a particular tradition are, characteristically, indoctrinated and trained to advocate and to worship (only and exclusively) the culturally defined icons (or “tribal” myths) and to follow (only and exclusively) the culturally prescribed social-ego “programs” of that particular tradition (or “official orthodoxy”).

As a result of this traditional procedure, there are, characteristically very precise—and, altogether social-ego-supporting—rules about what a follower with any given tradition can and cannot believe and do in response to the original “source-individual” and dogmas about the purpose and goal of being a follower of that “source-individual”.

 In the event that a follower within a tradition does not profess the “officially”-prescribed beliefs or perform the “officially” prescribed rituals and behaviors, there is, characteristically, some sort of consequence exercised by the “official” authorities and the general social culture of the tradition.